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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Apr 4, 2011 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Vassar Clements - Hillbilly Jazz tapes - TDIH ambassador help?

TDIH - Vassar Clements - Hillbilly Jazz tapes - fob source - April 4 & 5, 1975 - Exit / In - Nashville

Jerry Garcia, David Grisman
Peter Rowan, Vassar ClementsOld_and_in_the_Way.jpg
The Archive could be hosting my tapes of Vassar's live music at the LMA - in a new collection named VassarClements. I have 4 pretty decent tapes of Vassar Clements playing during his prime in 1974 and 1975. I was the taper at all 4 shows. They're AUDs - with known flaws. The audio quality is good, but there is some tape damage, mic noise, and tape cuts. Their commercial value is worth zero dollars.

Please, can we get "an ambassador" to contact Vassar Clements' daughter here?
Kindly ask Midge Cranor (Vassar's daughter) to e-mail this written permission to etree AT archive-dot-org:

"Vassar Clements is my father. Please permit Monte Barry to archive his recordings of Vassar Clements live music in the Live Music Archive. Please permit Monte to archive some photos and text from our web site."

cc: 420bikeandhike AT gmail-dot-com

(note: Since I was the sneaky Taper for these shows, I am too embarrassed to ask Midge for her permission. What's my thinking? Why should the fact that I was a sneaky prick over 35 years ago matter? This conversation would be nothing more than a major distraction from the matter at hand.)

My advice is to remind Midge that Vassar Clements' live music tapes already have permission for internet circulation! For several years, The Steam Powered Preservation Society has been hosting and sharing some of Vassar's live music tapes on their web site. These recordings are from Tut Taylor's tape collection. For example, this links to the info file for one of Vassar's tapes at SPPS.

Vassar Clements boxed set - 4 shows taped by Monte Barry

King of Hillbilly Jazz
1928 - 2005

note to Tyler and all Archive admins:
Whenever you do move these 4 Items of mine into a new VassarClements collection you create for the LMA - PLEASE, do not rederive anything! Why? Because The Archive's text parser will strip my HTML embed codes for some YouTube clips of Vassar & Dickey Betts that I embedded. The Archive recently changed their policy, and no longer grants Admins this privilege. Tracey is still allowing us Admins to grandfather these embed codes from our older Items. As soon as we make ANY changes to our Items, the embed codes get stripped. I worked pretty hard at tweaking my Vassar Clements tape library into something I could put my name on. My 4 Items are good to go! Thanks for your cooperation!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 4, 2011 9:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Vassar Clements - Hillbilly Jazz tapes - TDIH ambassador help?

Neat stuff, Monte! Interesting version of "Deep Allen" Blues on the 4/4. (Why the different name? Just a typo?) Thanks for being the "sneaky prick" way back when -- I don't know why anyone would be bothered rather than flattered at this late date by something that was obviously never sold as a bootleg. I hope you're successful in getting those up!

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Apr 4, 2011 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Vassar Clements - Hillbilly Jazz tapes - TDIH ambassador help?

Thanks... Deep Elem typo is mine. It took me years to get it right. Same thing with They Love Each Other - I used to call it You Can See That It's True.

When I visualize who an ideal "ambassador volunteer" is, I'm thinking about someone who loves music and is familiar with the LMA. I think a librarian, a historian, a scholar, or a school teacher would be good examples. I've contacted the Steam Powered Preservation Society once or twice, and I've never heard back from them. I taped a show where Vassar was playing with John Hartford in 1974.

I just sent Fred Bartenstein - Bluegrass music historian an e-mail. We met a couple of years ago.

His web pages provide a history of Fred's four-decade involvement in bluegrass music, research findings on generations of bluegrass artists, CD and LP albums for sale, links to other web resources, photographs, and playlists of past radio and internet programs.

Growing up in bluegrass, Fred Bartenstein had the privilege of knowing and working with virtually all of the music's first generation. The editor of Muleskinner News from 1969-1974, he has also been a broadcaster, musician, festival MC and talent director, composer, record producer, compiler of the first bluegrass market research, founder of a regional association, and a lifelong fan.

In his professional life, Fred has been a manager and CEO for nonprofits, government and business. He currently manages an organizational development consulting practice from Yellow Springs, Ohio, helping groups (including the International Bluegrass Music Association and International Bluegrass Music Museum) shape and adapt to change.

Fred Bartenstein was named a Distinguished Achievement Award recipient by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2006.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Apr 5, 2011 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Vassar Clements - Hillbilly Jazz tapes - TDIH ambassador help?

Dear Monte,

"It is good to hear from you. I am not in touch with Vassar Clements’ daughter Midge Cranor. I’m surprised that you didn’t hear back from the Steam Powered Preservation Society after you contacted them a while back. I’ll blind copy your letter to my friend there, and I expect you’ll hear from him. You might also try connecting with Hank Deane, producer of Vassar's Hillbilly Jazz album, HDS 701 (P.O. Box 151, Unionville, PA 19375)."

April, 4, 2011

Hillbilly Jazz dual-LP

HDS 701
Flying Fish Records - 1975

This post was modified by dead-head_Monte on 2011-04-05 16:05:00